Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets US bigwigs on bilateral ties
On September 20, 2016, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with a group of leading figures in the US financial, think-tank and media circles to discuss bilateral（双边的） ties and issues of common concern.
“It is a fact that China and the United States have both stable political relations and very close economic and trade cooperation,”Li said in his opening remarks at the closed-door talks.
Noting that the band of “old friends” and “new friends” is of great representativeness and influence, Li said he is very happy to have this opportunity to exchange views with them on China-US ties and other issues of common concern.
The negotiation for the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) sends a clear signal to companies from both countries that mutual investment is good and stable, he said.
Li also said he hoped that the United States could relax export restrictions on hi-tech products and that the two countries could reach a mutually beneficial BIT at an early date.
On big data and cloud computing, Li said these emerging industries have seen fast development in China.
“Though they have brought some information security problems, they are conducive to China’s transition and development,” he said.
“China’s big data and cloud computing industries should be open and secure,” and China will join foreign firms in search for a cooperation pattern that is both pro-opening-up and pro-security, Li said.
Calling the current anti-globalization trend “only a setback during the process of globalization,” Li said the world needs to fix the flaws of globalization, instead of simply giving it up.
He also said that China, as a firm defender of free trade, will continue to promote free trade within the Word Trade Organization framework.
“China-US investment cooperation enjoys great potential, and I believe the US enterprises will see an ever-expanding market in China as well,” the Chinese premier said.